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    I'm doing well trying to make the best out of the situation I'm in, but would like to get back to driving to give me more freedom. I currently have a toyota tacoma and dearly love it. I was wondering if anyone out there knew of people, sites or links to some info on putting hand controls on the truck. I can get into the truck, but over time I think and have been told by doctors and my physical therapist that it would kill my shoulders over time. Also taking apart my wheelchair from the drivers seat with no core strenght to hold me up is very hard. Not sure what to do. Does anyone out there have any thoughts or experience with this problem. I am sorta leaning towards looking at a car, but man does that not make me happy. I would hate to see my truck go. Thanks for the help.

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    A few years back I saw a full size Toyota Tundra with a Bruno Turny seat and a small crane that came out of the back and picked up the chair and put it in the back. Not the most convenient of units, but like everything SCI, it is a trade off.
    T6 complete (or so I think), SCI since September 21, 2003

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    • #3
      Lower the truck. I have a 2003 gmc sierra that's slammed...

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      • #4
        Originally posted by warchi81 View Post
        I'm doing well trying to make the best out of the situation I'm in, but would like to get back to driving to give me more freedom. I currently have a toyota tacoma and dearly love it. I was wondering if anyone out there knew of people, sites or links to some info on putting hand controls on the truck. I can get into the truck, but over time I think and have been told by doctors and my physical therapist that it would kill my shoulders over time. Also taking apart my wheelchair from the drivers seat with no core strenght to hold me up is very hard. Not sure what to do. Does anyone out there have any thoughts or experience with this problem. I am sorta leaning towards looking at a car, but man does that not make me happy. I would hate to see my truck go. Thanks for the help.
        If you already have the truck, you might as well at least try it, before you go and buy a new car. I've met plenty of SCIs who drive trucks. My pharmacist in rehab was a quad who had a pickup, he had a beasty crane to lift the chair into the back.

        IMO I think the therapists tend to be a little paranoid about shoulders, but what do I know.

        Think about how often you are using the truck, I only make maybe 10 trips a week, so I transfer in and out maybe 3 times a day. There's lots worse things that I do to my shoulders than lift a chair over myself a few times a day.

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        • #5
          Agreed. I have a Toyota Prefia, it's an all-wheel drive so it's bigger than a reg van. I've set it up with hand controls and go every where with it. With the all-wheel drive should be a great hunting van in the winter.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by warchi81 View Post
            I'm doing well trying to make the best out of the situation I'm in, but would like to get back to driving to give me more freedom. I currently have a toyota tacoma and dearly love it.
            Since you love your truck you should keep it as long as you can! I have a 2008 Toyota Tacoma and have a Glide N Go and Bruno PUL 1100 installed and love them both and would definitely recommend them or at least you check them out before you get rid of your truck for a car. I have had trucks for 20 years and bought a Toyota Camry a couple years ago cause I thought it would make things easier......2 months later I got rid of the Camry and got back into a truck, I hated the car and will never have one again!










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            • #7
              That's a sweet rig wolfeman. Insurance or Voc Rehab probably does not help pay for any of that though huh. I can imagine its pretty pricey. What is your level of injury?

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              • #8
                It's nice to see the newer version of the equipment I have on my truck wolfeman. I have a similar set up, only with older equipment. I wouldn't trade my truck for anything, except a full size van.

                Glide n' go: http://www.accessunlimited.com/html/truck_products.html
                Bruno: http://www.bruno.com/pul-1100.html

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by warchi81 View Post
                  That's a sweet rig wolfeman. Insurance or Voc Rehab probably does not help pay for any of that though huh. I can imagine its pretty pricey. What is your level of injury?
                  No, Insurance considers it a convenience, not a necessity. Everything the Glide N Go, Bruno PUL1100 and labor cost $7,970.00 through Ride A Way.

                  I do not have an SCI, I have Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type II and had a spinal fusion with 3 harrington rods inserted (1985) to straighten/support my spine and rib cage.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by WolfeMan View Post
                    No, Insurance considers it a convenience, not a necessity. Everything the Glide N Go, Bruno PUL1100 and labor cost $7,970.00 through Ride A Way.
                    OMFG ever feel like you get constantly boned as a crip. Thats more than I paid for my car.

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                    • #11
                      I have an '86 GMC full size 4X4 pickup that I got one year after my injury (T-10). The years of climbing in and out of it have taken a toll on my shoulders and arm joints. Do your self a favor and install a lift or get something low to the ground.
                      NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF WATER AND FIBER

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                      • #12
                        Warchi, go to ebay and get the monarch IV controls. They may not have the exact set up for your truck, but easy to adapt. I've got them in my previa and works great.

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                        • #13
                          Thanks, Wolfeman! I've got a transfer seat that's been broken for about five years, but the guy who installed it went out of business and I didn't know who made it, so I could never get a replacement. The pictures you showed looked familiar, so I went to the website and found that mine's an Easy-Transfer! I'll finally be able to get a replacement!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by funklab View Post
                            OMFG ever feel like you get constantly boned as a crip. Thats more than I paid for my car.
                            Oh yeah, it's ridiulous isn't it! Especially once you see how actually simple the set up it. The way they get you is the Glide N Go is 'Custom Made', that right there adds several thousands of dollars!

                            But, getting 'boned' aside it was worth every penny and when it's time to get a new truck I will get another set up just like this if I can afford it.
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                            • #15
                              Hi I like monarch IV Hand controls but there is very affordable ones lightweight hand controls on E bay since you already have the truck Heres a suggestion ...

                              Try lowering it I lowered my 49 merc that way cut the coil springs and had airbags installed it dropped my old hotrod 5 inches made transfers easier Just a idea ....
                              you'll need to have a alighnment after chopping springs / and dropping the vehicle Caster / camber
                              I am probably going to do this to my 77 chevy full size Goodtimes old custom van ... I like big vehicles
                              I used to cut springs all the time and it helped .


                              The lightweight portable handcontrols I seen on E Bay I forget the company name but they were kool and very lightweight ./ portable

                              Freedom to go and other places like that on the web offer vehicle modifications .

                              Good Luck
                              Sincerely ;
                              Gypsylady

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